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Allow Music to Physically Move You – Part 3 (Intentional Relaxation)

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Hello wandering souls,

Welcome to the third installment of exploring how we can bolster creativity in music and life by focusing on physical movement and relaxation.

Relax Into Your Being

Are you practicing tension? Or are you practicing relaxation? What is the force that causes our tension? And how much of a role do we have in creating it?

I’m thinking…we have a LOT to do with creating our tension.

There are no benefits to holding yourself tensely. Unconsciousness allows tension to grow unfettered. Gentle awareness can help ease physical/emotional tension.

Relax into your being. Feel better. Lighter. Freer. Prevent musical injuries. Open up creative channels.

Tension and happiness don’t coexist very well. If we allow tension in, the inner experience of happiness diminishes. Consider it to be as consistently true as a mathematical equation.

Purposefully practice relaxing your muscles throughout your day. 

Throughout the day, gently bring the mind into the body to see where you might be holding yourself tight. When walking, see how loose and relaxed you can get (without over-doing it, of course. You don’t need to walk like a jelly-fish.). When sitting, bring awareness to posture and breath. Do a casual scan for tension in your body. Are you typing in a relaxed way? Are you frowning or furrowing your brow? Hmm…What’s going on there?

This practice isn’t meant to be taken on as another “to-do” on a never-ending list of things you’re supposed to do because they’re good for you. It’s a simple health practice and a subtle personal challenge. Actually, it’s an “undoing”.

An undoing of cumulative stress and years of conditioned negative thinking. Experiment with this for a week, and you’ll start to re-enter your natural state of being again.

This is what enlightenment is all about: a deep understanding that there is no problem. Then, with no problem to solve, what will you do? Immediately you start living. You will eat, you will sleep, you will love, you will work, you will have a chit-chat, you will sing, you will dance. What else is there to do? – Osho

There is really nothing you must be.
And there is nothing you must do.
There is really nothing you must have.
And there is nothing you must know.
There is really nothing you must become.
However, it helps to understand that fire burns,
and when it rains, the earth gets wet. – Japanese Zen scroll

Song: The Ground Gives Way Under Your Feet

 

I took a different approach to this track; it’s more structured and thought-out than the other improvised tracks on this site. The rhythm track is just 4 chords, but the picking style goes through 3 or 4 variations which make it sound like different chords. You may have never noticed unless I mentioned it. Once again, this shows that so much can be done with so little.

To create the lead track, I recorded 5 full tracks and then took the best parts out of each one. I tried to do this in a way that minimized the amount of editing required.

There are a few small glitches I wish weren’t in there. Each time I stomped on my overdrive pedal, the clicking sound got recorded. But the show must go on. Perfection is the enemy of done. I heard someone somewhere on the net say that sometime.

Also, at 5 mins, 7 secs, my guitar farted. Listen for it.

 

Nacho del Sol

I'm Nigel. A wandering minstrel at heart. Playing for other wandering souls. Love full sun. Been known to indulge in sonic experiments. If I ever fake my own death, I will flee to Costa Rica and re-name myself Nacho del Sol. I will travel only by donkey and befriend all the locals.

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